Chasing The Lombardi 05/18

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I gave each team 5 players. I added in the rookie QB for the Titans and since this is a Jaguars blog, we get more players to debate with.

Colts

Peyton Manning–5 star

Dwight Freeney–5 star

Reggie Wayne–4.5 star

Robert Mathis–4.5 star

Jeff Saturday–4 star

Texans

Andre Johnson–5 star

Matt Schaub–4.5 star (A 5 sometimes)

Arian Foster–4 star

Mario Williams–4 star

Demeco Ryans–4 star

Titans

Chris Johnson–5 star

Michael Roos–4 star

Courtland Finnegan–3.5 star

Kenny Britt–3.5 star

Jason Babin–3.5 star (I need more years for a 4 star)

Jake Locker–3 star (a high-drafted QB gets an early jump into superstar status)

Jaguars ( I added more for the purpose of debate)

Maurice Jones-Drew–5 star (The Franchise)

Aaron Kampman– 4.5 star (when healthy he is a 5. Don’t believe me? Google his career.)

Darryl Smith–4.5 star (might be 5)

Terrance Knighton–3.5 star (rising star)

Marcedes Lewis–3.5 star (need more years with that play)

David Garrard–3.5 star (better than most realize)

Blaine Gabbert–3.5 star (the hair gives him a .5 boost over Locker)

Tyson Alualu–3.5 star (I love his “violent” hands)

Eugene Monroe–3.5 star (could be 4 next year)

Rashean Mathis–3.5 star (Non-debatable until he has a good safety behind him)

Justin Durant–3 star (He didn’t get far enough on that rookie contract)

Mike Thomas–3 star (Not established but very promising)

There are too many players on each team around the 2.5 to 3.5 grading, I just added a few for the purpose of perspective and conversation. Here’s the total of 4 star and above per team.

Total Tally

Colts–5

Texans–5 (How do they not make the playoffs?)

Titans–2

Jaguars–3

As you can see, the players with 4 stars or more truly carry the team. The Jaguars are on the verge of something special, but they are not there yet. Gabbert might take them there, but nothing is for sure.

When looking at this list, the 2010 season makes more sense. Jack Del Rio overcoached the Jaguars with their lack of Superstars (compared to the rest of the division). Peyton and crew swung the Colts up from nothing (they have less developing depth), while the Titans crumbled from lack of a QB and the Texans did what they always do–dissapoint.

It’s easily arguable that the Texans and Colts are the best in the division and their amount of Superstars proves the reasoning correct.

The Colts spent big early on offensive linemen to protect their lifeblood–Peyton Manning. Can they stretch the life of their older class of Superstars? Will it really be a surprise if the King of the AFC South has them relevant at the end of the season? Manning is such a Superstar that the others are not as needed on his team as they would be on almost any other team.

The Texans are on the rise after a great draft and a great list of almost Superstars. They have the best list of young talent.

The Jaguars with their score of 3 are just behind. The real question is the quarterback position. Can Garrard elevate his game to keep his team on par with Schaub and Manning? The rest of the team is growing up fast.

The Titans have a legit team, but they are not without their holes. With fringe Superstar talent all across the board, it seems they too are haunted by the lack of a Superstar quarterback. What will Jake Locker add?

The more Superstars you have, obviously the higher your chances are. The Jaguars are not there yet, but they are steadily building. Look for a better December in 2011 for the Jaguars as new Superstars emerge.

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  • zoltanfrombudapest

    I like the way you compared the rosters of the AFC South.

    But I would add 3 names in each of the opponents:

    FDor the Colts- Austin Collie 4 star – he is not just that good because Manning is the QB. He might be the Nr. 1 WR of the Colts- yes better then Wayne!!!!

    For the Titans- Jason Jones. BEAST at the middle. he is a 4 star guy in the rise.

    And I add Cushing to the Texans- 4 stars, but I’m looking forward how he and Mario Williams will fit or not in the 3-4.

    • http://blackandteal.com/author/jagtagonist/ Brandon Clark

      Zoltan!
      Thanks for the conversation on this article, buddy.

      Cushing I go back and forth on. I saw him as a 3.5 that plays as a 4 at times.

      Collie, I want another year before I give him the 4, he’s close. And you’re right, Manning isn’t the only reason he is good. I just wanted more time and I had to write that line on a few people so I felt it would be redundant on Collie. I hope he stays healthy. very fun to watch.

      on jason jones, this is gonna sound weird. I want to see his size hold up more there. He’s 276 and I’m curious how long he lasts at being good there. Will they leave him there? He’s really got last year, a half a year and a great rookie year. If he gets one more great season, then 4 star definitely. Time was a key factor for me.

      I’m surprised there was no comment on Mario Williams not being a 5 star. I just don’t think he is. what do you think?

  • kjones407

    I like the grades for the Jags. With Knighton, Alualu, Thomas and Monroe all being very young players, if they can continue to progress, this team could have a handful superstars. Whether or not they are recognized by the national media or not means nothing as long as they perform at a superstar level.

    There are a couple of players that you didn’t give a grade for that I would like to know how you would rate them. Derek Cox, Eben Britton, Uche Nwaneri, Zach Miller, Rashad Jennings and Courtney Green. I think Cox, Britton, Miller and Jennings could become 4 star players in their own right.